well, the not-so-perfect aspects of this laptop are beginning to show.
last week I configured xorg… my synaptics touchpad worked right away, but composite… didn’t. there’s a known issue with my graphics card on techbase, but the workaround suggested didn’t work for me… someone said that xorg 1.5 worked for him (although it broke other things on his system), so I think I’ll be patient and wait for a stable release of that before trying anything else.
more disturbing are the hardware quirks… one night I got two kernel panics out of the blue – capslock and numlock flashing, not even the mouse would move. thankfully it hasn’t happened again, but stuff like that is unsettling. also, a few times a day one of my keys randomly sticks. sometimes *not* the one I was actually pressing. shoddy hardware there, I guess :/ the only other time I’ve seen anything like that is when my wireless keyboard would get low on batteries.
oh, and suspend-to-disk failed to resume once… but it had been through loads of suspend cycles, both to ram and to disk, so I forgive it ;)
oh, and while the webcam worked automagically with zero effort (all I installed was skype!) the builtin mic doesn’t seem to be working. not a big deal – using a real mic is better anyways – but mildly disappointing.
on the bright side, I *finally* compiled kde yesterday, and today I got it running properly. I’ll still use packages for the applications, but obviously I can’t write code for plasma without compiling it myself ;) oh, and my compiled kdesupport gave me phonon-xine, which makes phonon Just Work again, yaay :)
now I just have to go report a few extremely annoying konq bugs involving unnecessary modal dialogs I can’t disable… er.. waiit, I was supposed to be studing math :P
…oh hey, i triggered the keyboard thing again. if I hit y and u at the same time, u stays down until I hit any key. it’s very hard to trigger intentionally, though.